10 Energy Boosters

Blast past a 3pm slump by keeping these snacks on hand.

When you’re dragging, hungry, and maybe even hangry, the thought of eating yet another ‘handful of nuts’ or ‘apple with almond butter’ probably makes you want to scream. Let me help. The following snacks pack the protein and fiber you need to manage your weight and blood sugar, while also delivering the kind of comforting flavors and textures that make eating feel so good. Pick your favorites, stock your kitchen, and don’t forget to toss one or two in your bag before jetting out the door.

1. Cheese Stick with Cherry Tomatoes
So simple, yet so satisfying. Get a little of both in each bite and you can almost convince yourself that you’re eating a caprese salad.

2. Two Hard-Boiled Eggs
These little orbs are powerhouses of nutrition, loaded with high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Boil a bunch at once so you always have some handy.

3. Edamame
Boil or microwave 1/2 cup frozen edamame. Kick up the flavor with a dash of chili sauce.

4. Cukes and Avocado
Slice an organic cucumber into rounds (don’t peel it) and top with 1/4 of a medium mashed avocado.

5. Popcorn Sprinkled with Parmesan
Sprinkle air popped popcorn with parm. Or, even better, try nutritional yeast, which contains protein, fiber, and a dose of B vitamins for a natural energy boost.

6. Chicken/Tuna/Salmon Salad Spread on Endive Leaves
Mix your favorite protein with Greek yogurt, mustard, diced onions, and dill. Spread on endive leaves or celery boats for a power protein snack.

7. Plain Greek yogurt with Cinnamon and Berries
It’s the cinnamon that transforms this from blah to meh to mouth-watering.

8. Chocolate Chia Pudding
Combine 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk and 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder in a small container or mason jar, and shake vigorously. Soak overnight to form a pudding-like gel that tastes far better than it  sounds.

9. Rolled-Up Lettuce, Turkey and Swiss
Low-sodium versions of the turkey and swiss cheese are still delicious. The lettuce provides a nice crunch and a little fiber.

10. Hummus-Yogurt Dip with Bell Peppers
Mix 2 tbsp of your favorite hummus with 2 tbsp of plain nonfat or lowfat Greek yogurt. (Mixing hummus and yogurt delivers a better nutrition ratio for satiety, blood sugar control, and weight loss). Dip with raw veggies instead of crackers for fewer carbs and more nutrition.